Guests:  Jennifer Uphoff Gray, Artistic Director, Forward Theater;  Rev. Jerry Hancock, Board President, WAVE – Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort

On April 20, the 19th anniversary of Columbine and 65 days after the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas H.S. in Parkland, Florida, Forward Theater along with other theater companies in major cities across the country, presented a free performance of “Natural Shocks,” a one-woman play in a tornado by acclaimed playwright, Lauren Gunderson. As the play progresses, the story deepens and shifts as the message of gun violence surfaces.

On tomorrow’s program, Jennifer Uphoff Gray is joined by Rev. Jerry Hancock. WAVE was the recipient of donations received at the Madison performance of “Natural Shocks.”

Hear the behind-the-scenes story of how the play came to be; why Forward Theater chose to present it, and WAVE’s message of approaching gun violence from a public health standpoint.

For the facts on Guns and Suicide, Guns and Children, Guns and Communities, Guns and Domestic Violence, and Guns and the Economy, go to waveedfund.org.


Guests:  Tim Shaw, retired physician and budding violin student;  Paula Su, doctoral candidate and violin teacher;  Cayla Rosche, soprano and Community Music Lessons Coordinator

Have you ever wanted to learn to play the violin, viola, cello, guitar, flute, clarinet, bassoon, piano, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, percussion, or take singing lessons? The UW-Madison School of Music has been offering music lessons to the community in all of these instruments since 1968. Lessons are provided by undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the School of Music who are overseen by faculty members and staff. Lessons are taught on campus. It’s another example of the Wisconsin Idea in practice.

To hear more about the UW SOM Community Music Lessons Program and the sounds of music that are created, tune into this programs to hear violin student, Tim Shaw, his violin teacher, Paula Su, and CML Coordinator, Cayla Rosche.

To investigate taking lessons, go to www.music.wisc.edu/cml.


Guest:  Shannon Barry, Executive Director, DAIS (Domestic Abuse Intervention Services)

DAIS (Domestic Abuse Intervention Services) will hold its annual Celebrate Independence Luncheon on Tuesday, June 19, at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center. Each year at this popular event, DAIS expands the circle of abuse awareness by presenting a keynote speaker who provides light on a new area of domestic abuse.

This year, Infamous Mothers founder, Sagashus Levingston, social entrepreneur and community educator, will share stories of women who have moved from living on the margins of society to triumph over their circumstances. Who are these Infamous Mothers? They are teen mothers, women with multiple children by multiple men, women who smoked crack, prostituted, and all the other things that polite society shuns. Today they are making a difference and changing the world in the work they do as counselors, professors, entrepreneurs, artists and so much more. Their issues are in the center of discussions on women’s rights.

On this program, Shannon Barry describes the dynamics of this year’s program and how DAIS continues to expand its services to ensure the safety and well-being of domestic violence survivors and their families. DAIS works to change societal attitudes that perpetuate violence and the abuse of power.

To purchase tickets or tables for the Celebrate Independence Luncheon, go to abuseintervention.org.


Guest: Janet Bollig, Medical Social Worker and Outreach Manager, SSM Health at Home

Home Health United has provided care to the communities it has served for over 30 years. Last year, Home Health United changed its name to SSM Health at Home. Why? “So patients and customers can see how the services we offer fit into the larger picture of their healthcare needs,” explained Janet Bollig, Medical Social Worker and Outreach Manager. “Only our name and logo have changed.”

On this program, Janet Bollig takes us back to the 1870’s and the Sisters of St. Mary who provided loving care to the people who were sick. It is from that history that SSM Health at Home emerged. The conversation continues to include the breadth of services offered today; what is the difference between home health and home care? How does palliative care differ from hospice? And why having Advance Directives in place is critically important to maintaining control of our lives.


Guest:  David Bohl, Addiction Counselor and author

At seven days old, David Bohl was adopted into a loving family. Even as he was embraced and doted on by parents who told him he was special because he was adopted, he felt confused about who he was. Why had someone relinquished him? What was wrong with him? This feeling was reinforced when, at the age of six, he shared the exciting news that he was adopted with his friends. They were not impressed. Instead, their faces showed pity and embarrassment. David knew then he was right. He was different, bad, and he withdrew.

In his teenage years, David discovered that alcohol was a great coping mechanism to relieve his internal shame. His love affair with alcohol flourished. It accompanied him through high school, college, work, and into his family life. It kept him going – until it didn’t.

On this program, David Bohl describes his incredible journey and how he came to terms with his identity and the recognition that alcohol was destroying him. Recovery was a complicated process, but as with everything else, he pursued it with vigilance. What was his nemesis became his passion.

Now 13 years sober, today he is helping others confront their pain and addiction. David went back to school to earn a Masters of Addiction Studies degree and is a licensed Addiction Counselor in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota. Currently, he is an independent consultant with Beacon Confidential, LLC in Milwaukee.

David B. Bohl has shared his story in his memoir, PARALLEL UNIVERSES: THE STORY OF REBIRTH.